Nina Hagen

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Catharina "Nina" Hagen (born March 11, 1955) is a German singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her theatrical vocals and is often referred to as the "Godmother of Punk" due to her prominence during the punk and new wave movements in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Born in the former East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, Hagen began her career as an actress when she appeared in several German films alongside her mother Eva-Maria Hagen. Around that same time, she joined the band Automobil and released the single "Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen". After her stepfather Wolf Biermann's East German citizenship was withdrawn from him in 1976, Hagen followed him to Hamburg. Shortly afterwards, she was offered a record deal from CBS Records and formed Nina Hagen Band. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 to a critical acclaim and was a commercial success selling over 250,000 copies. The band released one more album Unbehagen before their break-up in 1979.

In 1982, Hagen signed a new contract with CBS and released her debut solo album NunSexMonkRock, which became her first record to chart in the United States. She followed it with two more albums: Fearless (1983) and Nina Hagen in Ekstasy (1985), before her contract with CBS expired and was not renewed. In 1989, she was offered a record deal from Mercury Records. She released three albums on the label: Nina Hagen (1989), Street (1991), and Revolution Ballroom (1993). However, none of the albums achieved notable commercial success. Hagen made her musical comeback with the release of her album Return of the Mother (2000).

Besides her musical career, Hagen is also a voice-over actress. She wrote three autobiographies: Ich bin ein Berliner (1988), Nina Hagen: That's Why the Lady Is a Punk (2003), and Bekenntnisse (2010). She is also noted for her human and animal rights activism.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Nunsexmonkrock Nina Hagen 7
1983 Angstlos Nina Hagen 1
1983 Fearless Nina Hagen 8
1985 In Ekstase Nina Hagen 4
1989 Nina Hagen Nina Hagen 1
1991 Street Nina Hagen 1
1992 Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen Nina Hagen 1
1993 Revolution Ballroom Nina Hagen 2
1995 Freud Euch Nina Hagen 4
1999 Om Namah Shivay! Nina Hagen 2
2000 Return of the Mother Nina Hagen 1
2001 Sweet Lord Concept Album Nina Hagen & Loka Nunda 1
2003 Big Band Explosion Nina Hagen & Leipzig Big Band 1
2006 Irgendwo auf der Welt Nina Hagen & The Capital Dance Orchestra 1
2010 Personal Jesus Nina Hagen 2
2011 Volksbeat Nina Hagen 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Love Nina Hagen 3
1990 The Very Best Of Nina Hagen 1
1991 Beste Stücke Nina Hagen 1
1992 Collection Gold Nina Hagen 1
1995 Definitive Collection Nina Hagen 2
1995 My Way From '78 to '94 Nina Hagen 1
1996 14 Friendly Abductions Nina Hagen 1
1996 Was denn... Hits '74-'95 Nina Hagen 2
1997 Bahnhof Carbonara - Best Spliff / Nina Hagen 1
2000 Simply the Best Nina Hagen 1
2000 Prima Nina in Ekstasy Nina Hagen 1
2001 Sternenmädchen Nina Hagen 1
2004 Rangeh'n: Das Beste von Nina Hagen Nina Hagen 1
2005 Heiß Nina Hagen 1
2012 Original Album Classics Nina Hagen 1
In My World Nina Hagen 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 2001-09-02: Kulturfabrik, Krefeld, Germany Nina Hagen 1
Rockpalast 1999-08-18 Nina Hagen 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 New York New York Nina Hagen 1
1983 Zarah (Ich Weiss, Es Wird Einmal Ein Wunder Geschehn) Nina Hagen 2
1986 World Now Nina Hagen 1
1992 Go Ahead Nina Hagen 1
1993 African Reggae Remix '93 Nina Hagen 1
1995 So Bad Nina Hagen 2
1998 Solo Thomas D & Nina Hagen 1
1999 Fieber Oomph! feat. Nina Hagen 1
2001 Total Eclipse Rosenstolz + Marc Almond + Nina Hagen 2
2002 Kriminaltango Michael von der Heide feat. Nina Hagen 1
2003 Seemann Apocalyptica feat. Nina Hagen 3 3

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 ALCHEMY OF LOVE 〜愛の錬金術〜 Nina Hagen & Rick Jude 1

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